“This is the way; walk in it.”
Isaiah 30:21New International Version (NIV)
God wants to take us from strength to strength; from glory to glory.
A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly
his room filled with light, and God appeared.
The Lord told the man He had work for him to do,
and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin.
The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock
with all his might.
So, this the man did, day after day.
For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown,
his shoulders set squarely against the cold,
massive surface of the unmoving rock,
pushing with all his might!
Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out,
feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Since the man was showing discouragement,
the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture
by placing thoughts into the man's weary mind.
(He will do it every time!... that's Satan's job)
Satan: "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time
and it hasn't moved."
(Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible
and that he was a failure.)
These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.
Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this?
Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort,
and that will be good enough."
That's what the weary man planned to do,
but decided to make it a matter of prayer
and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.
"Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in Your Service,
putting all my strength to do that which you have asked.
Yet, after all this time,
I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter.
What is wrong? Why am I failing?"
The Lord responded compassionately,
"My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted,
I told you that your task was to push against the rock
with all of your strength... which you have done.
Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it.
Your task was to push.
And now you come to Me with your strength spent,
thinking that you have failed.
But, is that really so? Look at yourself.
Your arms are strong and muscled,
your back shiny and brown;
your hands are callused from constant pressure,
your legs have become massive and hard.
Through opposition you have grown much,
and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.
True, you haven't moved the rock.
But your calling was to be obedient and to push
and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom.
That you have done.
Now I, my friend, will move the rock.."
At times, when we hear a word from God,
we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants,
when actually what God wants is just simple obedience
and faith in Him.
By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains,
but know that it is still God Who moves the mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong...................................
When the job gets you down...............................................
When people don't do as you think they should..................
When your money is "gone" and the bills are due................
When people just don't understand you..............................
Our response to pain and suffering should lead us
to look beyond the pain and suffering in the attempt
to see God’s higher purposes and what He wants to teach us.
Sometimes God permits suffering to speak through our lives
as a testimony which could comfort or inspire others.
The solution is to condition our attitudes
so that we learn to triumph in and through suffering.
When Paul sought relief from his “Thorn in the flesh,”
God did not take it away,
but reassured him with: “My grace is sufficient for thee,
for My strength is made perfect in weakness”
(2 Corinthians 12:9).
May we be faithful under adversity knowing...
God’s highest good will come as a result of our suffering.
Hold tenaciously to your goals.
Allow the mighty forces from deep within
to keep you progressing steadily toward those goals.
Though no one can go back and make a
"BRAND NEW START",
anyone can start from now...
and make a brand new ending.